Final musicale to be held in October
Sunday, Aug. 21 at 4 p.m.—PLYMOUTH NOTCH—The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site hosts the second of this season’s Grace Coolidge musicales on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m. The 45-minute concert is free; donations are welcome.
The program, “Les Françaises: French Music for Piano and Voice,” consists entirely of French literature for voice and piano and for piano four-hands. Upper Valley natives Hannah Murray (soprano) and Abigail Charbeneau (piano) will perform songs by Gabriel Fauré, Gustave Charpentier, and Édith Piaf. Illinois pianist Dr. Susan Cobb joins Charbeneau to play “Petite Suite” by Claude Debussy, as well as “Jeux d’enfants” by George Bizet. The Bizet work consists of short programmatic pieces that emulate childhood games and activities.
The musicale will be held in the President Calvin Coolidge Museum & Education Center. It showcases the piano given to Mrs. Coolidge by the Baldwin Company and used in the family quarters at The White House. It was the first piano ever flown in an airplane.
The Grace Coolidge Musicales are organized by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and generously sponsored by the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation. The third and final musicale of the 2016 season will be on Oct. 9.
The Coolidge Homestead is located at 3780 VT-100A in Plymouth. For further information, call 802-672-3773, or visit HistoricSites.Vermont.gov/Coolidge.